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Anxiety is a common, functional human emotion. It can motivate us and draw our attention to important situations. However, when it occurs with increasing frequency and intensity it can lead to impairment and a diagnosis of an anxiety disorder.

Commonly diagnosed anxiety disorders include: panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and social anxiety disorder/social phobia. Anxiety and depression also occur with high rates of comorbidity; as such, you may present with symptoms of both disorders. This will be incorporated into your treatment plan to ensure we are tracking progress appropriately.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a first-line treatment for anxiety. In plainer terms, clinical studies have indicated its efficacy. CBT involves gaining a better understanding of how your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors affect you. While some environmental stressors and situations lead to a given amount of stress, treatment will focus on your specific interpretations (i.e., worldview) and how they impact your anxiety symptoms.


As you begin to make changes in your belief system and dysfunctional thought patterns, you will begin to notice changes in your behaviors and emotional state. More detailed information is available in the FAQ.

Treatment Duration

The recommended course of CBT for anxiety typically runs 12-20 sessions. Collaborative treatment planning with Dr. Schlairet will account for your specific needs, availability, and goals. As a result, it may be determined that you may be in need of fewer (or more) sessions.


Ultimately, the aim of treatment is to reduce impairment and make progress on your goals as quickly as possible; progress is typically measured via objective assessment instruments. As treatment progresses, your needs will change. Consequently, the treatment plan is regularly undergoing reconstruction in order to ensure therapy meets your needs.


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